Eating Disorders - A Women's Problem? Why We Need To Tackle The Gender Bias

Sam Thomas | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

For the past five years I've been campaigning and raising awareness of men with eating disorders with an aim to debunk the myth that eating disorders is a 'female problem.' Significant advances in awareness have been made in this short space of time to highlight the inequalities male sufferers face, but there's still a long way to go

Lady Gaga: The Fine Line Between Eating Disorders and 'Art'

Sam Thomas | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

It's hypocrisy as to why Gaga involved a vomit artist in her performance if she cares so deeply about the issue of eating disorders as she claims? Surely, she would realise the performance would conflict with those who idolise her who are suffering from anorexia and bulimia?

Eating Disorders... on a Scale From One to Hell...

Rob McDowall | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rob McDowall

Eating disorders are complex conditions which start for a variety of reasons and their impact stretches way beyond weight-loss or weight-gain and Thomas told me that his eating disorder has left him with permanent oesophageal acid reflux, stomach ulcers, chronic stomach pains, mouth ulcers, severely impaired peristaltic motion, damage to teeth, blocked tear ducts, scars on knuckles, sore throats, hair loss and pale complexion.

Dedication to Jeremy Gillitzer: Why I Set Up Men Get Eating Disorders Too

Sam Thomas | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

Jeremy Gillitzer was an american guy that I discovered in 2008 when I was researching online with an idea to set up 'something' for men with eating disorders. Having read Jeremy's blog I felt an immediate sense of relief knowing that my experience was not alien after-all.

The Devil on My Shoulder

Ruth Harrison Roberts | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Harrison Roberts

Asking for help is the bravest thing a sufferer will ever do. This illness you have nurtured, your body, all the things you have gone through together are now in the hands of another person. It's like watching somebody else holding your baby.

Why Are Young Asian Girls Invisible When It Comes to Eating Disorders?

Akeela Ahmed | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Akeela Ahmed

We know that in our society there is huge cultural pressure on young people and in particular girls to be skinny, waif like and attain impossible barbie like body shapes. The gendered link between media pressure and eating disorders is inescapable. But frustratingly just as women from ethnic minorities are absent from everyday media appearances, the fact that they too are also subjected to the same cultural pressures and resultant illnesses, is also absent.

Recovery From Eating Disorders: The Crucial Role of the GP and Diagnosis

Sam Thomas | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

It's easy to point the finger at GPs for not picking up on the signs but are they really to blame? Currently, doctors have no training on eating disorders as part of their seven-year degree. They have approximately 10 minutes - if that - with each patient and hardly sufficient to investigate a patient presenting the symptoms.

The Disorder of Student Life Can Easily Hide More Dangerous Disorders

Eloise Hendy | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

Students are known for their bad eating habits; baked beans have become a beacon for the university experience. It's not surprising really - we don't have nine to five schedules, or lunch breaks, or regular wages... We only have ourselves to decide that cereal for the third time in a day is a bad decision, instead of a detox. Which makes it dangerously easy for people to fall through the gaps. In the student culture of make do and make pasta, again, eating disorders can be hard to spot.

I Was Told I Wasn't Sick Enough to Get Help for My Eating Disorder

Kat Pugh | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Pugh

In 2012, I decided that due to a number of significant events going on in my life it was time to try and continue treatment again. Despite my initial referral taking place in December 2012, I didn't see anyone till October 2013. When I did, I was told by the NHS mental health trust that I wasn't ill enough to meet their very strict criteria.

Cosmopolitan Launches Eating Disorders Campaign Urging Doctors To Review Assessments

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Cosmopolitan magazine, the media partner for eating disorder charity Beat, has launched a campaign ahead of Eating Disorders Awareness Week to ensure ...

Eating Disorders in Children and Teenagers Are Soaring, But Is the Internet Really to Blame?

Sam Thomas | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

The dangers of the internet may be largely understood but due to the lack of evidence, it's a questionable claim to suggest that social media sites are the so called 'cause?' Instead of trying to point the finger it's better to focus our attention on understanding why young sufferers are developing eating disorders in the first place.

Is It Time for Schools to Tackle Eating Disorders, as Equal to Obesity and the Healthy Eating Agenda?

Sam Thomas | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Thomas

Despite having an eating disorder I'd never heard of bulimia, let alone knew it was a mental illness. Most days I would run out of lessons or avoid lessons completely to escape the torment of bullies. I'd hide in the boys toilets and lock myself in a cubicle as it was the only place where I couldn't be found.

Eating Disorders in Boys: Recognising the Signs Before It Gets to Crisis

Sam Thomas | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

A growing number of boys and young men are developing anorexia and bulimia at an alarming rate... Despite the focus being centered on girls and young women, it's wrong to assume that boys and young men are any less worried about their bodies.

An Open Letter to Lisa Burrow - Editor of Closer Magazine

Wil Colquhoun | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Wil Colquhoun

During research for a recent project in which I explored the issue of Anorexia, I happened to pick up an issue of Closer magazine. I could not believe how damaging every single spread was, it is no wonder that body image concerns are becoming such a problem...

Lucy Sherriff

'I Was Sent Away As My BMI Was Normal.. And Ended Up In Hospital'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Services for vulnerable students suffering from eating disorders need to be "seriously improved", as young people are left waiting up to 12 months for...

Could Eating Disorders Be Genetic?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Eating disorder sufferers could have a genetic mutation which makes them more susceptible to the condition, scientists have found. Two gene mutatio...

Why Do We Become Therapists?

Emmy Gilmour | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emmy Gilmour

If having experienced trauma or acute vulnerability ourselves, are we prepared to accept and share that part of ourselves in the work that we do with our patients? It is my view that in order to offer people the best possible chance of recovery we have to offer them something more intimate than clinical expertise.

Medic Student Died After Taking 'Toxic' Weight Loss Pills, Inquest Hears

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A 23-year-old medical student died after taking "toxic" weight loss pills she had bought on the internet, an inquest heard on Monday. Sarah Houston...

Models Are Dying to Be Thin and Teens Follow

Jan Shure | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jan Shure

Clothes generally photograph better on slim women, but the notion of "slim women" has been subverted by digital technology. The ability to elongate, remove cellulite and remove flesh and curves with clever tools like Photoshop has led to images of women that are unattainable.

Why Crazy and Deranged Will Always Be My Favourite Double Act

Daniel Warner | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

Crazy is what crazy does and when you get a room full of self diagnosed lunatics and certifiable sociopaths together, you just know it's going to be one hell of a party. Even without the cheese board.

How To Spot The Signs Of An Eating Disorder

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

HuffPost UK Lifestyle caught up with b-eat, the world's largest eating disorder charity, to find out how to spot the tell-tale signs of the condition....

The War on Obesity: Collateral Damage in Eating Disorder Patients

Rachel Egan | Posted 29.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Egan

for me, the readily available information just helped catalyse my anorexic behaviours as I strived to consume fewer and fewer calories every day. I spent hours walking round the supermarket every morning examining food labels, working out the lowest- calorie versions of the food items I was allowed to eat.

Dear Anna Soubry... You're Wrong

Rob Lyons | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Lyons

The newish minister for public health probably thought she was being sympathetic with her comments about obesity and the poor. But she was really just revealing her prejudices.

It's Been a Year of Success for the Body Confidence Campaign - But Where Next?

Jo Swinson | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Swinson

We need to open the debate up further and to talk more openly. We already understand how low body confidence can affect 15 year old girls. But what happens when those 15 year old girls reach 25, 35, and 45? How does their low body confidence translate into social confidence? How does it affect their performance in the workplace? How does it affect their families? The government is already doing a lot to support women, but we also need to ensure that we can nurture and support the aspirations of women and girls.

The Media, Self Esteem and Eating Disorders

Annemarie Louw | Posted 06.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Annemarie Louw

An Eating Disorder is similar to an abusive partner and likes nothing better than to tell you that you are not good enough. It gathers evidence in many ways including media images which promote impossible thinness.